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March 25, 2014

Margaret 'Peg' Sweeney

Margaret ‘Peg’ Sweeney

ARKVILLE — Margaret Ann Sweeney of Arkville passed away peacefully at her longtime home on Saturday, March 22, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

“Peg,” as many called her, was well-known for her long career as a clerk at Fairview Public Library and her many years of service as a community volunteer.

Peg was the only daughter of the late Alois and Marie Gimber of New York City.

She married Francis J. Sweeney on Sept. 17, 1951. The couple had three children, Robert, Patricia (”Patty”) and Brian. Her sons, Robert of Arkville and his friend, Cheryl Roberts, Brian of Margaretville and his wife, Carmel, a son-in-law, Tony Baldo of New Jersey and four precious grandchildren, Stephen Baldo of New Jersey, Alison Baldo of Oneonta, Kevin Sweeney of Oneonta and Jessica Olenych and her husband, Jake of Arkville, survive Peg.

Francis died on Feb. 22, 1978. Patty passed away on July 31, 1996. Robert’s wife, Vicki (Marks) died on June 6, 2000. Those closest to Peg know that these losses created a deep sadness that she fought bravely as she continued her life without them.

A graduate of Julia Richmond High School in New York City, Peg first came to the Catskills after her parents purchased the former Locust Grove Hotel, outside of Arkville. It was while working her summer job at the resort that she met her future husband. Peg liked to recall that when she met one of Francis’ brothers, she had commented to friend about how cute he was. “Wait until you meet Francis. He’s the really handsome one,” she was told. Peg agreed and it was love at first sight and they enjoyed 27 years of marriage.

She was a devoted stay-at-home mom while her children were young, but spent countless hours volunteering on behalf of the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary. Peg worked for years helping to staff the “Hospitality Shop” in

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